In at Chicago: Class of 2015

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby FidusAchates » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:25 pm

vincanity1 wrote:
FidusAchates wrote:I am beyond thrilled to be checking into this thread! :D


"Somewhere out there, beneath the pale moonlight..."


ohmygod I miss Community so much. But a Chicago acceptance definitely soothes the pain!

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby Champion » Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:35 pm

It's definitely frustrating that the Chicago deposit is due mid April. It's the same day as the last day of Berkeley's ASW (April 15th) and then for people who are also in Stanford (not me) don't even have ASW until that following weekend.

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby lsatcrazy » Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:00 am

Looks like Chi just changed their logo :) : http://chicago.lawschoolnumbers.com/

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby pupshaw » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:22 am

Checking in, although reading this thread made me sad I'm not part of the Ruby vs HYS decision crowd. :D

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby seanPtheB » Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:23 pm

kolokena wrote:anyone attending the Feb. 27th "day in the life" in lieu of the March ASW? GULC's ASW is the same wknd as Chicago and I want to be able to visit both before making any decisions.


I am almost certain I will be at this since I just had something come up so I won't be able to make it to the ASW. Really looking forward to it!

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby seanPtheB » Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:24 pm

icedflames wrote:At this rate, it's looking like NYU vs Chicago, thoughts anyone?


Looking like this for me as well. I am definitely going to visit both but my initial thoughts have me leaning towards Chicago.

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby skers » Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:39 pm

icedflames wrote:At this rate, it's looking like NYU vs Chicago, thoughts anyone?


Well, I'm a Chicago troll, but both schools have similar placement and Chicago's a much cheaper city to live in. Unless you're NYC or bust I'd pick Chicago.

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby icedflames » Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:44 pm

TemporarySaint wrote:
icedflames wrote:At this rate, it's looking like NYU vs Chicago, thoughts anyone?


Well, I'm a Chicago troll, but both schools have similar placement and Chicago's a much cheaper city to live in. Unless you're NYC or bust I'd pick Chicago.


Yeah, ive been looking at NYU and columbia, and they're not too generous for financial aid.
chicago is looking better and better

trying to get my fafsa and needaccess out by the 15th!

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby vincanity1 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 2:25 pm

TemporarySaint wrote:
icedflames wrote:At this rate, it's looking like NYU vs Chicago, thoughts anyone?


Well, I'm a Chicago troll, but both schools have similar placement and Chicago's a much cheaper city to live in. Unless you're NYC or bust I'd pick Chicago.


I very well might be accused of drinking the coolaid, but it seems like Chicago's placement per capita is better than NYU's by a considerable margin.

Edit: Also deciding between NYU and Chi (and UVA), so I'm just mentioning it because it's something pulling me to Chi

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby skers » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:46 pm

vincanity1 wrote:
TemporarySaint wrote:
icedflames wrote:At this rate, it's looking like NYU vs Chicago, thoughts anyone?


Well, I'm a Chicago troll, but both schools have similar placement and Chicago's a much cheaper city to live in. Unless you're NYC or bust I'd pick Chicago.


I very well might be accused of drinking the coolaid, but it seems like Chicago's placement per capita is better than NYU's by a considerable margin.

Edit: Also deciding between NYU and Chi (and UVA), so I'm just mentioning it because it's something pulling me to Chi


Haha, no worries. I could definitely be accused of drinking the coolaid as well. I think it's hard to compare employment data generally because of self-selection and what not. Chicago does seem to consistently place a bit better into big law, but that's probably explained largely by PI placement at NYU. There might be a difference in placement, but it's probably not considerable. Chicago does seem to place better in academia though.

It should be noted that I think Chicago's LRAP is better than NYU's (or UVA's). Same income cap, without including other assets, includes clerkships and gives reverse-amortization assistance after 5 years if getting out of PI? Awesome.

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby Dany » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:53 pm

Re: NYU/Chicago/Columbia decision - Peer schools are peer. If you very much want to live in Chicago or New York, I think that can help with the decision (for example, I knew I absolutely did not want to live in New York for law school), but absent a strong desire, I think following the money is generally credited. Because of the Rubenstein, Chicago has been extremely generous with scholarships, so I would consider money from here very seriously. icedflames, your numbers look like they could get you substantial money from Chicago, so if that happens I would probably say Chi is the best bet. If you were to get an RTK or AnBryce or something from NYU, I'd tell you to go there.

TL;DR: debt is scary, even from a great school, and I think scholarships are one of the most important factors in choosing between schools with similar placement power.

Plus: Chicago > NYC.

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby skers » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:56 pm

Dany wrote:Plus: Chicago > NYC


TITMFCR

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby viacavour » Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:28 pm

Like seemingly a lot of people in this thread I'm currently debating NYU or Chicago.

Haven't heard from either about $$$ but am hoping to get some from both. What generally are number cutoffs for Rubensteins? And are they still handing them out?

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby kerrigaa » Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:36 pm

Checking in. Does anyone know what the job prospects look like for the Boston area? I'm from Boston and would like to go back and practice there, but don't know whether the low placement (2%) in that area is due to self selection or not. Any insight is appreciated.

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby Dany » Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:46 pm

kerrigaa wrote:Checking in. Does anyone know what the job prospects look like for the Boston area? I'm from Boston and would like to go back and practice there, but don't know whether the low placement (2%) in that area is due to self selection or not. Any insight is appreciated.

This isn't super-helpful, but my best guess is that it's self-selection. I can't think of anyone in our 1L class from Boston (unless you count the Harvard/Tufts undergrad people) so I don't think many people want to go there to practice. The main places I hear people wanting to practice are Chicago, NYC, and California. So while I can't give you any positive information about ease of getting a job in Boston, I certainly don't think the 2% placement there is because people wanted Boston jobs but couldn't get them.

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby curiouscat » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:16 pm

Quick question for those of you familiar with Chicago. I'm looking for a hotel to stay at during the ASW and I noticed that most of the ones in the downtown area are kind of pricey. I want to broaden my search to other areas but I don't know what public transit is like in Chicago and I don't want to pick somewhere that makes traveling to the law school too complicated. What are some good areas outside of "the loop" that might be a bit cheaper but still in reasonable reach by public transit?

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby Xifeng » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:40 pm

curiouscat wrote:Quick question for those of you familiar with Chicago. I'm looking for a hotel to stay at during the ASW and I noticed that most of the ones in the downtown area are kind of pricey. I want to broaden my search to other areas but I don't know what public transit is like in Chicago and I don't want to pick somewhere that makes traveling to the law school too complicated. What are some good areas outside of "the loop" that might be a bit cheaper but still in reasonable reach by public transit?


You'll want to be kind of careful in terms of public transportation. At night especially, you shouldn't take the El into Hyde Park (or so we've been told; you obviously can if you feel comfortable). The 2 (bus) goes directly to the law school during certain hours, and the 6 (bus) gets you pretty close. The Metra is also a good option. If you go farther north than the loop, you're looking at transfers to get down here, so that could be tricky.

If you can, I'd really suggest staying with a student host.

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby Nelson » Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:28 pm

Xifeng wrote:You'll want to be kind of careful in terms of public transportation. At night especially, you shouldn't take the El into Hyde Park (or so we've been told; you obviously can if you feel comfortable).

Really? Is that backed up by your experience? I've heard the areas off campus were sketchy at night but is it that bad? I'll see how I feel at ASW I guess.

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby Xifeng » Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:36 pm

Nelson wrote:
Xifeng wrote:You'll want to be kind of careful in terms of public transportation. At night especially, you shouldn't take the El into Hyde Park (or so we've been told; you obviously can if you feel comfortable).

Really? Is that backed up by your experience? I've heard the areas off campus were sketchy at night but is it that bad? I'll see how I feel at ASW I guess.


I personally have not taken the El after dark because we were told not to/I live on the other side of Hyde Park. But I've been told that the Green Line/Red Line are sketch (and one of my friends who took the Red Line at 1 AM was full of regret). The buses are generally thought to be better options.

It's also only a $15 cab ride from Hyde Park to downtown, which isn't that bad (especially when split).

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby AmandaPB » Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:47 am

I’ve taken the L after dark (maybe around 11 or midnight?) and sorely regretted it. I was terrified.
ETA: Cabs are definitely a better option at night.

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby soj » Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:55 am

What's the L? I took the bus from Midway Airport to Hyde Park in the evening once and it wasn't too bad. But I'm a city boy, so I'm pretty fearless when it comes to public transportation. :)

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby captainwasabi09 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:15 pm

checking in

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby cubbiesyear » Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:18 pm

TemporarySaint wrote:
icedflames wrote:At this rate, it's looking like NYU vs Chicago, thoughts anyone?


Well, I'm a Chicago troll, but both schools have similar placement and Chicago's a much cheaper city to live in. Unless you're NYC or bust I'd pick Chicago.



It was a no-doubter for me but I'm from the Midwest.

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby skers » Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:02 pm

Xifeng wrote:
Nelson wrote:
Xifeng wrote:You'll want to be kind of careful in terms of public transportation. At night especially, you shouldn't take the El into Hyde Park (or so we've been told; you obviously can if you feel comfortable).

Really? Is that backed up by your experience? I've heard the areas off campus were sketchy at night but is it that bad? I'll see how I feel at ASW I guess.


I personally have not taken the El after dark because we were told not to/I live on the other side of Hyde Park. But I've been told that the Green Line/Red Line are sketch (and one of my friends who took the Red Line at 1 AM was full of regret). The buses are generally thought to be better options.

It's also only a $15 cab ride from Hyde Park to downtown, which isn't that bad (especially when split).


It might be different after midnight, but I took both the red and green after dark and it wasn't anything. Sure I saw a drug deal go down, but that's about it.

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Re: In at Chicago: Class of 2015

Postby captainwasabi09 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:43 pm

TemporarySaint wrote:
It might be different after midnight, but I took both the red and green after dark and it wasn't anything. Sure I saw a drug deal go down, but that's about it.



hahahah that's great. Granted drug deals go on in broad daylight in Ann Arbor but they're marijuana deals so I don't feel that unsafe around them. ;)




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